Commentary from the Scottish Dream Tours facebook page…
6th April, 1320 – the Declaration of Arbroath was drawn up by the monks of Arbroath Abbey. The most famous line being – “For as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.” This stirs my blood more than any other words ever written about Scottish freedom!
The declaration was a letter, in Latin, from the Scottish nobles to Pope John XXII, affirming their determination to maintain Scotland’s independence. The document is also seen as the first example of a contractual monarchy, with the nobility asserting the right to dethrone King Robert I should he submit to England. The Declaration of Arbroath is widely regarded as being the inspiration behind the American Declaration of Independence in 1776.
You can read the declaration in its entirety by following the link.